Northwest Veg
June 2010
Vol. 46
"If you could see or feel the suffering you wouldn't think twice. Give back life. Don't eat meat."
-- Kim Basinger, Actress

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» Celebrate July 4th with Vegan Food, Fun, Games
» NW VEG News & Event Bites
» Business Partner Spotlight
» Socialize with other Vegan Families
» Interview with Dr. Michael Greger
» Too Much Takeout
» Recipe of the Month: Raspberry Lemon Scones
» Upcoming Events
» Business Partners
» Member Discounts
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Celebrate July 4th with Vegan Food, Fun, Games

Come join in the fun on July 4 at Northwest VEG's annual 4th of July potluck picnic and celebrate the spirit of independence with delicious plant-based food. The picnic will be held from 1-5 p.m. at Raleigh Park located at 3500 SW 78th Avenue between Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway and Canyon Road. "Look for the Northwest VEG banner on the hill," says Wendy Gabbe Day, event coordinator.

Please bring a plant-based (no animal products, including honey) main dish, salad, or dessert (we'll supply the drinks); a card listing its ingredients; and plates, utensils and cups for your use; figure the amount to serve 6 generously. "Bring your croquet, badminton, bocce balls, or any other lawn or table games. We have reserved a number of picnic tables, but you may want to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Don't forget your tennis racquet if you play," says Wendy.


NW VEG News & Event Bites

VegFest Countdown! We're less than four months out from our expanded VegFest being held September 18-19 at the Oregon Convention Center. We're still accepting exhibitor and sponsor applications and already have many exciting speakers lined up. If you are a veg-friendly business, you won't want to miss this opportunity to mingle with our loyal Portland veg community. Visit to check out up-to-date details, or to download an exhibitor application.

Race for the Animals: Still Time to Register Early!
Registration is still open for the 1st annual "Race for the Animals" event being held on July 10. This 5K and 10K trail run/walk will be held in Forest Park. This race is a fundraiser for Northwest VEG's education and outreach programs. The registration fee is $20 (before July 7), and an additional $10 fee will include an organic cotton, sweatshop-free t-shirt with the race logo. But sign up before June 15 to ensure you get a t-shirt! Late registration (July 7-10) will be an extra $5. Northwest VEG members will receive a $5 discount on participation. For more info and to register:

The Let Live Foundation ("Let Live") is excited to announce the 2010 Animal Rights Conference being held June 25-27 at Portland State University. This year's conference will focus on creative activism and expanding your activist skills to build relationships in the movement and beyond.

Northwest VEG June Gatherings:
-On Tuesday, June 15 from 6-7:30 p.m. the NW VEG Book Club will meet to discuss Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism by Melanie Joy. The meeting will be held in the U.S. Bank room at the downtown Central Library, 801 S.W. 10th Ave. To learn more or receive book club updates, contact Ann at

-Northwest VEG's Portland Potluck (Westside) & Organic Farm Policy Presentation is being held on Sunday, June 20 from 5-7:30 p.m. at the West Hills Universal Unitarian Fellowship, 8470 SW Oleson Rd., Portland. After the meal, Anthony Boutard, owner of Ayres Creek Farm in western Washington County will speak to attendees. The Boutards run a 100-acre farm, are staunch proponents of biodiversity and outspoken advocates for small farms.

-On Thursday, June 17 at 6:30 p.m., we'll have the Northwest VEG sponsored Vancouver Potluck. Mark it on your calendar and look for details in an upcoming "Events Update" email.


Business Partner Spotlight

Summer's Here and Web Melons Abound

Let's face it: Every company that wants to survive, and thrive, past the first year needs a website. But sometimes figuring out who can help design, maintain, and navigate the success of that website can be a daunting task. Enter Watermelon Web Works (WWW) - a full-service vegetarian-owned web design, hosting and SEO company (that's Search Engine Optimization, for those of you going "Huh?" right about now).

The company, created in 2001, is the brainchild of Paul Clerc and Sydney Weaver, who aimed to "create an environmentally sustainable, human-friendly web development company." While Weaver is no longer active in the company, except for the occasional consulting opportunity, Clerc is busier than ever. Just visit the WWW website where you can oooh and ahhh over the extensive collection of satisfied customers in the company's online portfolio.


Socialize with other Vegan Families

The Vegan Families in Portland and Vicinity Meetup Group is seeking more fabulous members. The group was created to provide a social network for vegan, or transitioning to vegan, families to connect. "It is a place for members to find like-minded friends for themselves and their children," says Ptolemy Runkel, one of the creative forces behind this Meetup Group. Meetup events have included potlucks, play dates, picnics, berry picking, and meeting at restaurants, OMSI, and other family-friendly destinations.

"Our Meetups provide a comfortable atmosphere for parents to chat with others who support their decision to raise their children vegan. And it's a great opportunity for kids to meet other vegan kids and see that, even if there may not be other vegan children in their neighborhood or at their school, they are not alone," says Ptolemy.


Interview with Dr. Michael Greger

Michael Greger, M.D., is a physician, author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger will be a featured presenter at VegFest 2010.

Q. What is one change all people should make to their diet, even if they are not considering a veg diet?

A. Cut out all trans fats, minimize one's intake of junk foods, and eat as many whole plant foods as they can, including in their daily diet not only an array of whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, fruit, and as many vegetables as they can eat, but also specifically dark green leafy vegetables, berries, and green (or white) tea.


Too Much Takeout

I once knew someone who hated to eat. He wanted a pill that would provide a whole day's nourishment in one capsule. Eating, he believed, was a hassle. It took time, effort, preparation, decision-making, and clean up. Even heat-and-serve meals seemed arduous to him, and he used paper plates to lessen the burden of eating.

This open disregard for food appalled me, especially the lack of concern for the garbage cans full of paper and plasticware he sent to the landfill. Lately, however, I think I get his point. I've lost motivation to make my own food.


Recipe of the Month: Raspberry Lemon Scones

These scones are great for breakfast or a snack any time of day. They have a rich maple and lemon flavor, but aren't too sweet. These scones are oil-free, and get their light texture from the oat and garbanzo bean flours. Feel free to add any berries you have on hand!


  • 1 3/4 cups oat flour*
  • 1 cup garbanzo bean flour
  • 1/4 cup flax seed meal
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup almonds (or other nuts)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon zest
  • 1 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)
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